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More Award Recognition for The Scene

The Scene at Cleveland Place development in the heart of Walthamstow continues to pick up national awards in recognition of its outstanding design and architecture.

At last night’s (11 July) Housing Design Awards, in partnership with the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC), The Scene was named the most sustainable high-density address in London.

The prestigious Housing Design Awards were first launched in 1947 to drive quality during the rebuilding of post-war Britain. Today they celebrate the best in innovative housing design, and are backed by agencies including The Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Health, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the GLA.

The awards recognise the role of local authorities in new developments, alongside developers, architects and contractors. The Scene was developed by top 20 UK housebuilder Hill and ISHA.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “The Scene has had an incredibly positive impact on Walthamstow town centre, so it’s great that it continues to receive national award recognition.

“In addition to 121 new homes the development has also brought a cinema back to the borough, which had been an ambition of ours for a number of years. This along with the new restaurants has given a huge boost to the local night-time economy. We now want all new developments in Waltham Forest to meet the same design standards that we have achieved with The Scene.”

Andy Hill, Chief Executive of Hill, commented: “We are delighted The Scene, built in partnership with ISHA, Waltham Forest Council and architects Pollard Thomas Edwards, has been recognised by the LSDC and the Housing Design Awards. It’s a development we are incredibly proud and has helped provide an anchor for wider regeneration in the Walthamstow area.”

Just last week The Scene was also winner of the Mixed-use category at the New London Awards, which celebrate the best architecture, planning and development in the capital.

The Scene opened in November 2014, providing 121 new homes, including 73 affordable-rent and shared ownership apartments. The development also features improvements to public spaces, a nine-screen Empire cinema and five new restaurants – Nando’s, Pizza Express, Turtle Bay, Yum-Yum and Grillstock.

There was further recognition for Waltham Forest at the Housing Design Awards as Windmill Court in Chingford was named a winner in the Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) category. Windmill Court offers accommodation with extra care for adults, providing purpose-built one and two-bedroom self-contained flats for adults seeking additional care and support whilst maintaining their independence.

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